Silver Shadow – Juneau, Alaska
This is what the entire continent must have looked like in
the very beginning. More wilderness than can be charted.
More wildlife than can be counted: bears, bald eagles,
moose, deer, whales, spawning salmon. Alaska’s immensity
overwhelms. Yet ironically amid the majesty of North
America’s largest state, it is only aboard a smaller ship
that you can appreciate such grandeur.
The Inside Passage
Come experience the Inside Passage from an insider’s
perspective. Troll for salmon in Sitka, or look for whales,
seals, deer and brown bears on an off-road 4x4 adventure.
Try sea-kayaking in Juneau, and rock climbing and rappelling
in Skagway. Or ride a vintage steam train and follow the
footsteps of the Klondike Gold Rush. Our seven-day “open
jaw” itineraries between Vancouver and Anchorage allow
you to spend more time in each port. And with Alaska’s long
summer days, there’s plenty of time to explore. Roam in old-
growth rainforests, walk on glaciers, embrace the frontier spirit
in pioneer towns, and meet the denizens of America’s last
wilderness frontier — a member of a Tlingit tribe, perhaps. And
we also include a complimentary train transfer between Seward
and Anchorage through the Kenai Mountains, probably the
most scenic stretch of railroad in the entire state. The 4.5 hour
journey through the Kenai Mountains passes through some of
Alaska’s most pristine wilderness and wildlife areas and is said
to be the most scenic stretch of railroad in the entire state.
Wild Alaska, Japan and Russian Far East
At the beginning and end of the season, we offer longer
passages across the Bering Sea to latitudes in the Pacific
Rim that are still more remote. You’ll wind along the Kenai
Peninsula and through the Aleutians, calling at Kodiak Island,
home to the world’s largest brown bears, and Dutch Alaska
with its relics of WWII. From Petropavlovsk in the Russian
Far East, you can ride an all-terrain vehicle through the world’s
most spectacular volcanic region. Located on the Pacific Ring
of Fire, the Kamchatka Peninsula is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. You’ll also visit Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido
with its indigenous Ainu people. A plethora of migratory birds
thrive in the Kushiro Marshland where you may glimpse the
beautiful rare Red-Crowned Crane dancing in the wetlands.
Choose our May departure, and if you’re lucky, you may arrive
in time for cherry blossom season.
It Takes a Smaller Ship to Appreciate the Grandeur
If you’ve only travelled aboard big ships in the past, it’s time
to forget everything you thought you knew about cruising.
Whether you’re hiking through a forest, kayaking across a
glassy bay, or watching for bears from a hidden lookout, you’re
less of a tourist and more of a participant aboard a smaller
ship. With just 382 guests, the intimate Silver Shadow can
navigate close to shore and deep into misty fjords to give you
a closer, more visceral experience of these wilderness regions …
brown bears lumbering in the tundra, a whale so close you can
count the barnacles on its back, seals hauling out on ice floes,
sometimes just a few feet away. And with our outstanding shore
programme of small-group tours and private arrangements,
you can enjoy closer encounters with nature and the wildlife.
Open bars and open-seating dining encourage congenial
interaction between guests and crew alike. A service ratio
of nearly one staff member per guest ensures that your
preferences are readily observed, your wishes instantly
gratified. All accommodations are oceanview suites with
butler service. And almost all have a veranda so that by merely
stepping outside your door you can glimpse the dazzling
pirouettes of bald eagles or admire the glow of a glacial
landscape tinted pink by the never-setting sun. Or share
memorable moments with others. You’ll always find plenty of
room on deck for whale-watching or glacier-calving while an
expert calls out highlights from the bridge.
An organic essence
It might be nicknamed the “Town of Mist,” but Kushiro’s
allure extends far beyond merely its peaceful weather.
This Japanese town serves as Hokkaido’s deep-sea fishing
epicentre, the region’s only ice-free port, and a mecca for
nature enthusiasts — bubbling hot springs, active volcanoes,
and the world’s most transparent lake can all be found in this
area. It’s also home to the famous Kushiro Shitsugen, Japan’s
largest marshland boasting approximately 600 plant species.
Here, you’ll discover a birders’ paradise while glimpsing the
Japanese Crane, which has been carried out of near extinction
thanks to local crane reserves and rehabilitation centres.
Off the Grid
Tucked away on the eastern frontier of Russia along the
Kamchatka Peninsula, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s isolated
landscapes offer a unique and memorable experience.
Silversea guests experience an in-depth immersion into this
remote Far East Russian outpost — and this region offers
a wilderness of possibilities. With a city tour you’ll discover
the Russian Orthodox Church and Kamchatka’s largest food
market, while the city’s cultural museum delights with an
impressive collection of native artefacts. If you’re up for
adventure, head off the grid to the Kamchatka volcanoes,
which are perhaps best explored by all-terrain vehicles.
SUGGESTED VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS
• Explore the verdant gardens of vancouver’s sprawling
• view 19th-century totem poles in Ketchikan.
• in Juneau, meet a crew of iditarod Sled dog mushers
and their Alaskan huskies.
• Admire Kodiak’s rugged beauty on a nature walk through
fort Abercrombie State park.
• Experience ancient customs in a native Koryak village.
• Learn of Hakodate’s shipping heritage among its Kanemori
red Brick warehouse district.
• Shop for Japanese pottery produced by the distinguished
Tsugaru Kanayama-yaki Kiln.
SiLvEr SHAdow — 18 dAyS
Voyage 3630 — Departure 15 September 2016
DAY Arrive DepArt
01 Vancouver, Canada ....... 18:00
02 Cruise Inside Passage, USA ....... .......
03 Ketchikan, Alaska, USA 08:00 13:00
04 Juneau, Alaska, USA 08:00 17:00
05 Day at Sea ....... .......
06 Kodiak, Kodiak Island, Alaska, USA 09:00 15:00
07 Day at Sea ....... .......
08 Dutch Harbour, Unalaska, Alaska, USA 08:00 14:00
09 Day at Sea ....... .......
10 Cross International Date Line (lose a day) ....... .......
11 Day at Sea ....... .......
12 Day at Sea ....... .......
13 Petropavlovsk (Kamchatsky), Russian Federation 07:00 18:00
14 Day at Sea ....... .......
15 Day at Sea ....... .......
16 Kushiro, Japan 08:00 17:00
17 Hakodate, Japan 08:00 23:00
18 Aomori, Japan 08:00 17:00
19 Day at Sea ....... .......
20 Tokyo, Japan 08:00 .......
Kushiro, JapanKetchikan, Alaska
Travel from the Alaskan frontier to Japan’s
modern megalopolis on this wide-ranging cruise.
The placid fjords, verdant rainforests, crystalline
rivers and massive glaciers will impress, as will the
rugged tales of the Kodiak life. You’ll also learn
about the Ainu culture of Hokkaido, experience
the Kamchatka volcanoes and visit the “Town of
Mist” on your way to incomparable Tokyo.